Urban Adventure Club is heading to Japan for the most ambitious trip we've ever planned! This trip will take us to the land of the rising sun for 10 days as we explore the largest metropolis in the world in Tokyo, the best powder skiing/snowboarding in all of Japan in Hakuba Valley, the former capital and current cultural center in Kyoto, and the best street foods in the "Nation's Kitchen" in Osaka.
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The trip starts in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. This is a city that has it all: amazing food, rich culture, the latest technology, and possibly the most hospitable people in the world. We will spend 3 days sightseeing, eating, and drinking our way through this incredible city.
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Next we'll head to Hakuba Valley, home of the best powder skiing/snowboarding in Japan, if not all of Asia. Epic pass holders have five consecutive days to explore ten resorts in the valley. The amount of terrain you can explore is simply mind-blowing!
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Of course we won't spend our entire time on the mountains. We'll also take the time to take in the local food scene, the nightlife, and soak in the famous hot springs and onsens in the valley. This is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.
For those who are not into skiing or snowboarding, you will take a side trip to Kyoto and Osaka. Hop on the high speed trains and see the Japanese countryside from your window. You'll visit some of the oldest temples in Kyoto and try the best street food in Osaka.
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Finally we'll head back to Tokyo for another weekend of fun and exploration. Honestly, I could spend all 10 days in Tokyo. This time we'll hit all the top spots we missed on the first weekend.
It would not be hyperbole to say that this is an experience that will change your life. Don't miss out!
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- Arrangement of transportation to and from the airport
- 4 nights accommodations in central Tokyo (over 2 weekends)
- 4 nights accommodations in Hakuba Valley/Kyoto/Osaka
- Arrangement of transportation around Japan
- Breakfast each morning to get you going
- Guided food, culture, and nightlife tours in Tokyo
- Unlimited use of mobile Wifi during the trip
- Various Japanese foods and snacks at our accommodations
- Beer, wine, sake, spirits, and mixers at our accommodations
IMPORTANT: Round-trip airfare and transportation costs in Japan are not included
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Tokyo Sat - Mon (2/29-3/2)
Walking tour through Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara
Tour historical temples, gardens, and the Imperial Palace
Check out Pokemon center, Robot Restaurant, and other fun places
Eat all the sushi, ramen, and izakaya we can handle!
Pub crawl through Tokyo's most interesting bars
Option A: Hakuba Valley Mon - Fri (3/2-3/6)
Take in views of the countryside from the bullet train to Hakuba
Enjoy 4 days of skiing and snowboarding in the freshest powder
Explore up to 5 resorts in the Hakuba valley area with the Epic Pass
Soak in a hot spring at an Onsen for a true Japanese bathhouse experience
Travel around the small towns near Hakuba
Option B: Kyoto and Osaka Mon- Fri (3/2-3/6)
Take in views of the countryside from the bullet train to Kyoto
Visit the oldest Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples
Enjoy kaiseki dining with precise dishes and geisha performers
Go on a street food tour in Osaka, AKA "Nation's Kitchen"
Visit Japan's first full-scale palace, Naniwa-no-Miya Palace, built in 650
Tokyo Fri - Sun (3/6-3/8)
Do everything we didn't get to do during weekend one!
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